Climate Change: Science, Communication, and Solutions

Climate change offers one of the greatest challenges yet faced by society. The scientific consensus is clear that climate change is occurring, its pace is accelerating, its impacts on human society will be largely negative, and it is largely caused by anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. Despite the near-unanimity of the scientific consensus on human-caused climate change, public opinion and understanding of climate change are often dominated by confusion and controversy. This course aims to provide students with the tools and knowledge that they need to develop their own well-informed view of climate change. Because climate change is both impacted by humans and will increasingly impact society, this course takes a cross-disciplinary approach, integrating science, policy solutions, and media literacy as they relate to climate change. In the first half of the course, we will examine scientific concepts drawn from diverse fields, including atmospheric science, physical climatology, biogeochemistry, and ecology. Students will learn about current and projected climate change and their impacts though inquiry-based analysis of climate data and visualization resources. The course will then focus on communication and policy solutions as they relate to climate change. This course is an integral component of two externally funded projects: (1) the Climate Education in an Age of Media (CAM) Project  and (2) a National Science Foundation Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM award.

Link to undergraduate course catalog:  81.416 Climate Change:  Science, Communication, and Solutions

Link to graduate course catalog:  81.516 Climate Change:  Science, Communication, and Solutions